Tuesday, October 13, 2009

DC Police cuts budget on GLBT unit

Washington DC police chief Cathy Lanier has frozen hiring for the Gay and Lesbian Unit of the Metropolitan Police Department, because of budget pressures. Because there are some muggings and attacks, particularly on side streets, in the Dupont Circle, Shaw and Adams Morgan areas, gay community leaders have been critical, as they have been at lackadaisical prosecution of at least one recent beating death. The story is by Theola Labbe-Debose, “No New Hires In Gay Police Unit: Residents Point to Rise in Hate Crimes As D.C. Initiative Is Diluted to Cut Costs”, link here. Nevertheless, the House recently passed a hate crimes bill.

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